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New coach for Clemson Baseball

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Dear Mr. Clements and Mr. Radakovich,

The fans, students, and alumni of Clemson University support the university's desire to achieve excellence in the classroom and in the realm of athletic competition. One such example over the years has been the Tigers' baseball program. Since the program's inception, Clemson baseball has won 22 regular season conference championships, 9 conference tournament championships, 2 regular season divisional titles, has appeared in 12 College World Series, and 38 overall appearances in NCAA postseason play. Clemson is the 15th winningest program in terms of winning percentage and 8th in terms of overall victories among NCAA Division 1 programs.

However, fans of the program have noticed a unsettling trend in recent years. Clemson has only won 2 ACC tournament championships and 2 ACC regular season championship since 1994 and no conference championships since 2006. In 2008, the Tigers missed the NCAA tournament, breaking a streak of 21 years. In 2011, the Tigers failed to advance from NCAA regional play as a host institution since the NCAA postseason expanded to the 64 team, super-regional format in 1999. Clemson has also failed to host in NCAA postseason play since 2011 and hasn't advanced past regional play in the NCAA tournament since making the CWS in 2010. Currently, the 2014 team is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament again for the 2nd time in 7 years. In comparison, the University of South Carolina, Clemson's chief rival, has won 2 NCAA championships, 2 NCAA runners-up, 1 conference tournament championship, 3 regular season conference championships, and 6 conference division championships since 1999. During this time, there has been a considerable shift in our rivalry with them, with the Gamecocks having dominated the series in recent years.

Currently, Mr. Jack Leggett is serving as the head baseball coach of Clemson University, a position he has held since 1994. Mr. Leggett has had a Hall of Fame career and has lead the Tigers to 6 of their 12 CWS appearances, 19 of 38 NCAA postseason appearances, 2 ACC tournament championships, 2 ACC regular season championships, and 2 ACC divisional championships. Mr. Leggett was also a part of the staff that lead the Tigers to an additional 2 NCAA postseason appearances, an ACC regular season championship, and ACC tournament championship. Unforunately, Mr. Leggett's past accomplishments do not outweight the current state of affairs of the Clemson baseball program and the considerable decline of success we have seen in recent years at a national and conference level, as well as against our chief in-state rival. We ask that you take into serious consideration the removal of Mr. Leggett as head baseball coach of Clemson University upon completion of the 2014 season.

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